“Mud has always presented unfortunate but seemingly accepted problems," Max Blau VP of Nike Football Footwear said in a press release. "Players are accustomed to clanking their boots together as they exit the pitch or rubbing them over harsh brushes to remove mud. Worse, they play slower and cautiously as mud makes their feet heavy and compromises their traction.”
So solve this problem, Nike developed new Anti-Clog Traction that makes it nearly impossible for mud to jam the sole plate of their football (soccer) shoes. The sole plates are made of an adaptive polymer. Instead of taking a water-proofing route, which has proved to be ineffective, researchers used water to their advantage. When water contacts the polymer sole of the shoe, a slippery layer forms that keeps mud from clogging the cleat plate without sacrificing traction.
Nike Anti-Clog Traction will initially be available in limited quantities via the Nike Football App on April 15. Special versions of the current Tiempo, Magista and Hypervenom models carry the Nike Anti-Clog Traction hexagon mark on the heel.
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